The rumors are true, boys and ghouls and ghosts: in May 2019, Famous Monsters will debut a brand new series of print reference guides, each dedicated to a subject revered by horror and Sci-Fi fandom!

These “Ack-Ives”, thus named after FM’s longtime Editor-in-Chief Forrest J Ackerman, will consist of carefully curated selections from the magazine’s 60-plus year history, from the classic “Filmbooks” to more current interviews. Each volume will boast brand new covers and at least one as yet unpublished feature, bringing monster fans up to date on a veritable smorgasbord of topics.

The Ack-Ives are much more than simply reprints of old material. We will look at FM coverage through a historical lens, presenting “fun facts” and comparing dates of publication, as well as marking the debut of certain collectible items in Captain Company’s monstrous mail order back catalogue.

This May, we present to you the Famous Monsters Ack-Ives: Godzilla.


The choice of subject for our first volume was a no-brainer. Godzilla has dominated the pages of Famous Monsters since his first appearance in Issue 30 back in 1964 (“Giants from Japan”). Famous Monsters Ack-Ives: Godzilla includes over 100 pages of essential Godzilla coverage from FM’s archives, as well as an exclusive new interview with Michael Dougherty, the director of Legendary’s landmark MonsterVerse picture GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS.

For the first cover, we asked our maestro Sanjulian to paint his own interpretation of the original cover to Issue 114, which was FM’s first all-Japanese monsters issue, and features Godzilla and Rodan destroying a city. Rodan has a rather prominent role in the upcoming KING OF THE MONSTERS movie, and Michael Dougherty had some pointed things to say about his loyalties and popularity in our new interview!

Forthcoming editions of the Ack-Ives promise retrospectives on all manners of beasties, from black and white classics to color-drenched gore. We’ve got plans, dearies. Oh so many plans.

Famous Monsters Ack-Ives: Godzilla Quick Stats:

-120 SKREEOONNKing pages
-Price: $16.99
-Sanjulian Cover Art
-Exclusive New Interview with Michael Dougherty
-Our first-ever GODZILLA filmbook from 1965
-Vintage writeups on all the original Godzilla film releases
-New FM era articles by Bob Eggleton, Hajime Ishida, and August Ragone
-Editor Commentary


Preorders coming soon!